We are proud to announce that d-flo has now become a Patron of Guiding Forces – a new charity that started operations in April 2016.
Guiding Forces will use veterans to mentor disadvantaged young people. The veterans will operate on a voluntary basis and provide one to one life coaching sessions to the most vulnerable and hard to reach 14-18 year olds, who are in danger of being left behind by society and education. The young person is identified by working closely with social services, young offenders’ institutions, schools and external charities, which will refer them to Guiding Forces.
The veteran/young person relationship will last 12 months and facilitate academic and emotional well-being changes in the young person, which will create the right environment necessary for engaging with family life, education and celebrating success.
There are over 35,000 young men growing up in state care: more than 20% of these young men will end up unemployed and over 10% will end up in trouble with the police (gov.uk 2015). The lack of parent and adult role models is driving young people into gangs, which is causing a fracture within society (Prince’s Trust 2007). Increasingly young women are providing some 30% of the Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) cohort. Guiding Forces believe that veterans can provide outstanding role models and by providing good work in their communities will assist their transition back into society on leaving the Services.
Stuart Malt, one of the Directors and Co-Founders of d-flo commented: “With many of us at d-flo being fathers ourselves, we recognise how privileged our children are and how tough it could be for them.
“When we set up d-flo, we intended to give something back to society and hearing the direct impact contributions will make to Guiding Forces is very pleasing.
“Celebrating our 5th anniversary this year and the next stage of d-flo’s development, we are proud to make Guiding Force a key element of our corporate social responsibility initiative.”